About Blacktip shark

The blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) is a large predator living in coastal waters. Like other grey sharks, it has a fusiform body, a pointed snout, large crescent-shaped fins, and five gill slits. The species got its name because of the black edges of its fins, which may fade as the shark ages. Its back and sides are grey-brown with a white stripe along each side, and a white underbelly.
Blacktip sharks are found all over the world in tropical and subtropical areas and can live both in marine and brackish water. They usually inhabit waters up to 30 meters deep. They are often found in mangroves, where large rivers enter the ocean. This shark feeds on schooling fish. It is not considered dangerous to humans, however, it can attack in the presence of a large amount of food.
Females give birth to litters in shallow water, and those who survive during the first year, come back to their birthplace for the next breeding cycle. This viviparous fish has two alternative ways of reproduction. Generally, a female becomes pregnant after mating with a male, but it is also capable of parthenogenesis, when pups develop without fertilization by a male.

Additional info

Salinity Marine
Depth Up to 100 meters
Length 275 cm
Max Weight 122.8 cm
Red List Near threatened
Threat to Human Traumatogenic

Known names


Carcharhinus natator, Carcharinus limbatus, Eulamia pleurotaenia, Gymnorhinus abbreviatus, Carcharias abbreviatus, Carcharias aethalorus, Carcharias ehrenbergi, Carcharias limbatus, Carcharias maculipinna, Carcharias microps, Carcharias muelleri, Carcharias phorcys

Local names
Australia Blacktip shark, Blacktip whaler, Common blacktip shark
Red List Status

The Blacktip Shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) is a modest-sized species that is frequently captured in commercial and recreational fisheries. Its meat is well-regarded and its fins are highly marketable. The Blacktip Shark is widespread in warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical waters throughout the world. It frequents inshore waters as adults and has inshore nursery areas, making it highly vulnerable to fishing pressure and human-induced habitat alteration.

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